International Program: Latin America



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    The quarterly meeting of the International SIG presents

    Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges

    A terrific panel will guide us through this vast area of 30+ countries, major languages Spanish and Portuguese, population of 548,500,000 with their insight and experience. Opportunities abound as do the challenges! For GDP, please click here to link to IMF data.

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    Panelists include:

    Solana Crawford, DesignAboutTown

    Sergio Monsalve, Norwest Venture Partners

    Matt Perez, NearSoft

    David E. Thomas, Intel Capital

    Moderator:  Mitch Posada, Partner, Grupo Entrada

    Solana Crawford (Argentina), DesignAboutTown

    Solana Crawford (Argentina), DesignAboutTown – Founder of this San-Francisco-based web design firm, whose designs in communications and software and won many awards over the past 10 years. Solana is Argentinian and the firm has a team of designers based in Argentina.

    Sergio Monsalve, Norwest Venture Partners

    Sergio Monsalve, Norwest Venture Partners- Sergio brings to NVP over 12 years of operational experience in marketing, product management, business development, sales and finance from a wide range of business and consumer technology companies. Sergio is focused on investments in the consumer internet, media and software sectors. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford, an MBA from the Harvard Business School and has a particular interest in Latin America.

    Matt Perez (Mexico), NearSoft

    Matt Perez (Mexico), NearSoft - Nearsoft provides high tech companies the benefits of software development nearshore outsourcing while minimizing the risks through 1) experienced local project management and 2) a work force in Mexico that is one time zone away, instead of twelve.

    David E. Thomas
    Managing Director, Intel Capital Latin America

    David Thomas is the Managing Director of Intel Capital Latin America.
    He is responsible for overseeing all of Intel Capital's investment activities in the region. Dave has over 10 years of investment experience in both the private equity and venture capital arenas. Dave joined Intel in early 2000.Prior to joining Intel, Dave spent four years as Director at a private equity firm specializing in middle market buyouts on the East Coast.
    He also worked at HP for 5 years and has experience both as a CFO and institutional money manager. Dave has closed over 50 private equity and venture capital transactions in a wide range of sectors.Dave is an active member of the Latin America Venture Capital Association and is the board observer at some Intel Capital portfolio companies.  Dave received his BBA from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from The University of Rochester. Dave, his wife and four children live in SÃo Paulo, Brasil.

    Mitch Posada
    Grupo Entrada, Strategic Planning & Hispanic Market Development

    Mitch is co-founder of Grupo Entrada a consulting and communications company focused on the Hispanic Market and Founder and CEO of  Mitch understands the Hispanic consumer and Market dynamics. With over a decade of experience Mitch has developed a unique blend of consulting capabilities in the consumer services and products marketplace while maintaining a balanced focus on media and mobile communications to help companies enter and profit from the growing Hispanic market. Mitch has consistently produced results for his clients and done so with a marketing management process and a team building approach designed to internalize and incentivize innovation and long term growth. Mitch has over a decade of experience in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, and business development, with a particular emphasis on the fast growing U.S. Hispanic consumer population. Mitch's work spans a wide range of companies from start-ups, marketing agencies, and non-profits to Fortune 500 leaders.

    SIG Chair: Jeannine Athas

    SIG Co-Chairs: Alex Sousa and Zhahoui Li

    Pillsbury Winthrop
    2475 Hanover Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94304


    6:30-7:00 Registration/Networking/Refreshment

    7:00-9:00 PM Program



    $15 for SDForum Members; $0 Platinum Pass Members

    $25 for Non-SDForum Members

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